Talent Development

Talent Development

Talent Development

The Belgrade Theatre is committed to proving a range of opportunities to develop the theatre talent of the future. These range from creative writing courses, to Trainee Assistant Director posts, to Apprenticeships.

We post information about these programmes here on our website and on social media, so make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter

Below are some of the most recent projects and initiatives that we have delivered or been involved with, as part of our commitment to talent development.

Springboard Initiative

Will you be part of our Springboard Initiative?

Calling all emerging artists! The Belgrade Theatre is now welcoming applications for a new intake of Springboard companies and individuals.

Launched in 2015, Springboard exists to help early career artists take the next step in their development. We offer one to one meetings to provide tailored support for 3 years, as well as give space to create new work and projects. Our selected Springboard Companies are able to access:

  • Selected performance slots in our season programme and free rehearsal space for Research and Development (1 Show or R&D period per year)
  • Free office space at the Belgrade Theatre
  • Marketing cash support for shows being performed at the Belgrade Theatre
  • Up to 3 training courses paid for by the Belgrade Theatre
  • 1 invitation to a large scale industry event or conference
  • Ongoing advice and guidance from Belgrade staff, covering education, marketing and fundraising (including applying to the Arts Council)

Previous Springboard Companies have gone on to tour their developed pieces; perform at festivals such as the Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe; and to secure co-productions with other venues.

We will be inviting 3 companies onto Springboard in Spring 2019 and another 2 in Autumn 2019.

Deadline for Spring start: 14 January 2019

Deadline for Autumn start: 15 July 2019

If Springboard sounds like the right opportunity for you, download the application pack for more information and how to apply.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a free 10 week playwriting programme run at the Belgrade Theatre for writers aged 18+ from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Previous participants have gone on to have their plays work-shopped or performed as a rehearsed reading with professional actors. Spring 2016 saw the first full professional production coming from the programme when Red Snapper by Liz Mytton was produced at the Belgrade Theatre. Please note that applications are now closed following completion of the 2016 programme.

Write to Play

Write to Play is an exciting new initiative from Graeae Theatre Company to cultivate and promote Deaf and disabled writers. We are very pleased to be helping to redress the balance in terms of representation of Deaf and disabled writers, and are particularly happy to be working with Graeae, a company that puts this at the centre of all of the work they do, and works to overcome any obstacles that Deaf and disabled writers face when creating theatre. Please note that applications are now closed for this years playwriting programme.

Belgrade Schools

We believe that an interest in a career in the arts can start from an early age, and we have a range or resources and workshops available. To find out more about and engage with the theatre’s work, to make a booking or to request a bespoke session contact Claire Procter, Education Officer on

Youth Theatre

The Belgrade Theatre has a strong history of Youth Theatre, with the first groups being set up by the Theatre in Education Company as part of their service for young people in the 1960s. Participants have the opportunity to develop skills in theatre techniques, including acting, singing, dancing, writing and directing.


Apprenticeships at the Belgrade Theatre offer a unique opportunity to gain a wide range of transferrable skills which can be used in later employment, as well as a greater understanding of the theatre industry. Belgrade Apprenticeships offer vocational training as an alternative route into the creative industries. They are based on ability and potential rather than qualifications, social background or who you know. They aim to break the vicious cycle of ‘no experience equals no job’, as well as broadening the social background of the Arts Workforce, which is one of the reasons our Apprenticeship is aimed at non-graduates.

Organisations or individuals wishing to get involved in The Belgrade’s Artist Development work should contact us on 024 7684 6741 or